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Tetradrachm c. 520-500 BC, Athens
Material: Silver; Weight: 17.28 g
Catalog: Seltman-296 (A194/P242); Svoronos-pl. 6, 7.
Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena facing to the right.
Reverse: Owl standing facing to the right, head front; ATE downwards on left, two olive leaves with an olive at lower right, all in incuse square. From the same obverse die as Babylon pl. XXXV, 1.
This is one of the earliest issues of Athens showing Athena and her owl.
The civic mint was named by Seltman in 1918 when he wrote his definitive book because he thought the Athenians could never issue coins this beautiful.
In fact, this was a short experimental issue that helped the Athenians determine the standard type they would use for about 150 years. Of all designs, less than 100 of these coins exist with almost all of them coming from two finds. Obverse struck in ultra-high relief
Seller: Harlan J. Berk (United States)
Aureus 199 AD. Caracalla
Material: Gold; Weight: 7.43 g
Catalog: Ref: BMC – (cf. 172 footnote). Ex Leu 83 2002, lot 791.
Obv: ANTONINUS AVGUSTUS, laureated, draped and cuirassed bust of young Caracalla to the right.
Rev: SEVERI PII AUG FIL: Caracalla, with Victory on globe and spear, standing facing, at his feet left: sitting captive.
Rare. A beautiful representation of great artistic merit of the 11-year-old emperor struck in high relief.
Seller: Agora Numismatiek (Netherlands)
Aureus 46 BC Julius Caesar
Material: Gold; Weight: 7.98 g – Diameter: 20.00 mm
Catalog: Crawford 466/1; CRI 56; Calicó 36
Julius Caesar. Gold Aureus. LIFETIME ISSUE. Rome, early 46 BC. A. Hirtius, praetor. AV 7.98g, 20mm, 2h. O: Veiled female head (Vesta?) right; C•CAESAR COS•TER around. R. Emblems of the augurate and pontificate: lituus, guttus, and securis; A HIRTIVS PR around lower left.
Seller: Ars Coin Wien (Austria)
Solidus Syracuse Coin, Irene
Material: Gold; Weight: 3.82 g – Diameter: 20.00 mm
Crowned bust of Irene, wearing loros, holding cross potent in right hand, Enthroned bust facing, wearing crown and chlamys and holding ἀκακία (akakia) in her left hand, very rare.
A remarkable example well struck on a full flan with all details visible, AΓOVST,IPЄҺ AΓOVST
Seller: Comptoir des Mannaies (France)
Sestertius 62-68 AD Nero “Roma Seated on Arms”
Material: Bronze; Weight: 23.31 g – Diameter: 35.00 mm
Obverse: IMP NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P P P Laureate head right with slight drapery on the shoulder.
Reverse: Roma seated left on a pile of arms, holding spear and victory: S-C to sides; ROMA in exergue. RIC: 336 corr (RIC does not note the drapery on the shoulder) Very Rare.
Numismatic Notes: Gorgeous natural brown-green patina and a very rare variety! This issue is rare because of the obverse legends, which include the entire “CLAVDIVS” name. RIC does not list the slight drapery on the shoulder, but I believe that this was probably extant on the scant specimens that RIC observed, but was not noted. A very rare type.
Seller: Romae Aeternae Numismatics (United States)
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